Knowledge Letter - May 2020 - Racial Equity in Philanthropy

Practical advice for foundation staff and other givers.
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May 2020
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Strategies for Social Impact

Overcoming the Racial Bias in Philanthropic Funding

By Cheryl Dorsey, Peter Kim, Cora Daniels, Lyell Sakaue, and Britt Savage

Racial bias results in nonprofit organizations led by people of color receiving less money than those led by whites. Thus, philanthropy ends up reinforcing the very social ills it says it is trying to overcome. We offer a framework of the barriers leaders of color face when securing funding, along with practical advice for foundation staff. (
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Racial Equity and Philanthropy: Disparities in Funding Leaders of Color Leave Impact on the Table

By Cheryl Dorsey, Jeff Bradach, and Peter Kim

This research, from Echoing Green and Bridgespan, lays bare the racial disparity in today’s funding environment and argues that population-level impact cannot happen without funding more leaders of color.
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Webinar: Overcoming Racial Bias in Funding—Breaking Down Barriers to Capital

In this complimentary SSIR Live! webinar, Cheryl Dorsey, president of Echoing Green, Jeff Bradach, managing partner and cofounder of The Bridgespan Group, and Kathryn Finney, founder and CEO of digitalundivided, will explore original research that identifies the major drivers of racial disparities in funding in the social sector. The presenters will discuss the racial funding gap and share their first-hand experiences about what has and has not worked, in addition to how their organizations have endeavored to improve their own practices.

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PT / 2-3 p.m. ET
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Philanthropy and COVID-19

Racial Equity Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic

This memo elaborates on how the pandemic disproportionately affects communities of color and suggests opportunities for philanthropists to address inequities as they respond. Read more >>

Philanthropy and the COVID-19 Response in India

By supplementing government and private sector efforts with flexible investments, philanthropists are well-positioned to help address the challenges that will continue or arise in India. Read more >>
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